Can we all agree that faux plants are A-Okay in home decor? Most of us know they’re fake, but we pretend for each other that they’re real. Probably because most of us can’t keep real plants alive in our home for too long. Nevertheless, there are some decorating tips that can help make fake plants blend in with your home decor, naturally. One thing I like to do is ask myself, “how would someone who is good with growing plants indoors lay it all out”? Factoring that in with trying to accentuate the style of my own home makes for a more flowing combined approach.
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8 Tips for decorating with faux plants indoor-gardener-style
If you love the idea of having greenery indoors, yet, you don’t have great luck with real plants, try some of these tips for styling faux plants into your home decor while flying under the fake plant radar.
1) Start with a good container to make your faux plant look it’s best
The plant container is like the crowning jewel of a plant. Where faux plants are concerned, a new or update container can make your faux plants really shine. For example, you might buy a fake plant because you like the type of plant it is, but not necessarily the container it is in. Alternatively you may already have a fake plant that you like, but the container is outdated, too small, grungy, etc…
In situations like these, a new planter may be all you need. And in most cases you don’t have to rip the fake plant out of the old container. You just need to find a new container that is slightly larger. In a style, of course, that accents your home.
Here is another example –>
My friend was getting rid of this fake palm. I thought it had potential, so I took it off her hands. As you can see the container is kind of outdated, but also notable is that if it were a real plant it would need need a bigger pot by now. Wouldn’t it?
I found this pretty cork planter, like this one. It was large enough to fit, old planter and all. Quite a difference, right? Maybe a little on the huge side, but now it doesn’t look like it’s totally top heavy. It has a good sized container to grow into, and even better, it fits right in and adds a new look to our budget sun porch makeover.
2) Turn most anything into a planter with a few filler supplies
Gardeners will turn most anything into a planter. The same can go for faux. We all have different our own style and that means you may want to make a planter out of tackle box, for example. Your choice. With a few filler supplies, like dried moss filler, floral foam, pea gravel and a few dabs of glue you can turn most anything into a planter pot.
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This thrifted white owl is a ceramic luminary, holes and all. Yet within 30 seconds, it was turned it into a planter by tucking dried moss around the inside then stuffing in a few faux plant stems.
3) Use variety when styling faux plants in container arrangements
When your putting together a container arrangement mix it up with a variety of artificial plant types, colors, heights, and sizes.
Find inspiration: Make container arrangements with herbs as the accent plants
Budget saving tip: Use wire cutters to snip off stems from an older fake plant to add into a newer arrangement.
4) Where to place faux plants around your home?
As a rule, to keep the fake factor down, placing faux plants in area with natural light makes sense, as most plant require some sunlight. Keep it simple in work areas, like a kitchen counter, so they aren’t in the way. Place multiples in areas that are a little more out of the way, such as window sills or in a corner.
And let’s not limit ourselves because rules are made to be broken. Most onlookers (aka friends and family) will already know they’re fake. So don’t overlook putting artificial ones wherever you want, if it suits YOU! A pretty little faux plant in that windowless bathroom, for example. Because it could be just what the space needs to finish it off.
5) Mix artificial and real plants together without guilt
This is a great trick for those of us who have a few real indoor plants. But they’re lonely. Don’t let your real plants make you feel guilty by mixing a group of real and artificial plants together. The fake factor will go down another notch when you mix them all together. Try doing this and ask a friend to point out the real from the fake in under 10 seconds… They probably won’t be able to.
6) Mix large and small containers together
Plants love company. So, while you may not want to over do it with too many plants in one particular spot, think one large potted fake plant with a scatter of a few smaller faux planters of varying sizes. If you know any indoor gardeners, you probably seem then doing this all the time with the real thing. See Resource for fern planter, here
7) Decorating with Faux stems or sprigs in a vase
The gardener will often place a single stem in a glass vase (with water) for propagation purposes. She’s simply trying to grow more plants, right?
Placing dried sprigs, like eucalyptus, in a vase for aromatic energy is another. Quite frankly styling a vase with a stem or a few sprigs is one of the easiest ways to bring in some greenery without going overboard. No need to overthink it if it looks good to you.
8) Make the rest of your decor pop with faux plants
Blending greenery in with your decor makes it all come together. And while most of are doing this already, remember that even one simple faux plant can add that special somethin’ somethin’ that was lacking.
Styling faux plants for your home is a little indoor gardener and decorator all-in-one. Try to apply a little of both of those approaches to make your home feel more calming and energized like it would if you had the real thing.
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